Policy

Call to Action to Alleviate Symptoms for Dialysis Patients

While dialysis is a life-saving therapy for patients with end stage kidney disease (ESKD), a variety of symptoms occur following treatment that significantly diminishes the quality of life of people living with kidney disease. A 2009 study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) reported that patients on maintenance dialysis experience 11 unique symptoms. Patients have identified the need to alleviate these symptoms as a key research area, prioritizing it above other health outcomes.

CMS Proposes Rule Change to Medicare Part D Exemptions for "Protected" Classes of Drugs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule yesterday, November 26, 2018, that includes changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D. Medicare says its proposal will give Part D drug plans more power to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, but some patient and provider groups say that it will reduce access and shift costs onto beneficiaries.

Telehealth Use Up 65 Percent from 2014-16

Please see more information on telehealth in a recent Kidney News Online post by David White, the ASN Policy and Advocacy Specialist.

Medicare Releases FInal Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Rule, Including Revisions to E&M Codes

Thursday afternoon, November 1, Medicare released the final Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule containing some revisions to evaluation and management (E&M) codes in terms of documentation requirements but no changes in reimbursement levels for the next two years – but year three is another matter. 

JASN and CJASN Honor 2018 Top 5 Reviewers

This past week, during Kidney Week in San Diego, CA, the ASN journals honored their top five reviewers from 2018. Reviewers are an integral part of the process for peer-reviewed journals, and the Journal of American Society of Nephrology (JASN) and the Clinical Journal American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) wanted to show their appreciation.

ASN Appoints New Co-Chair for the Kidney Health Initiative

ttp _thumb_0.pngThe American Society Nephrology (ASN) is pleased to announce that Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN, has been selected as the incoming ASN Co-Chair for the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI). Dr. Harris will serve a three-year term, starting in January 2019.  Dr.

KidneyX Innovators Showcase at Kidney Week 2018

KidneyX_logo_1.PNGTo inspire creative solutions that will improve the treatment of kidney diseases, the first KidneyX Innovators Showcase was held on Saturday, October 29, 2018 at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual Kidney Week conference.

Seamless Care in ESRD: Early Results from the Comprehensive ESRD Care Model

ESRD Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs) may be the most flexible and innovative care model in nephrology over the past several decades.  Tom Duvall, co-lead for the Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) Model at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), provided a national overview of ESCOs since their start in 2015.  Dr. Dylan Steer, CEO of Balboa Nephrology Medical Group, then shared his ground-level experience with running an ESCO.

Policy and Advocacy for the Disadvantaged and Vulnerable during Kidney Week

“I wish he had a better death, but more than that, I wish he had a better life.” 

Disparities in Child Transplant Outcomes Widen

Long-term survival among black and Hispanic children after kidney transplant worsened compared with their white counterparts over the past 2 decades, found a study presented at Kidney Week 2018.

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